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Some courses require you to find a mentor or peer. A mentor should be a qualified expert in the field of your NextGenU.org course -- they might be a professor at your university who is offering this training as a course under their supervision, or a local practicing professional who is willing to spend some time teaching you, or someone remotely who you’ve identified through your networks. The suitable level of training and practice for a mentor is that they should have successfully completed the training you are taking, should have >=1 year’s practical experience in that field, and are willing to mentor. Mentors can click here to sign-up. Soon we'll have some other methods to help you find mentors.

A peer can be someone who is taking the course with you. Invite a friend or co-worker to take the course with you or contact us and we may be able to connect you with a pool of potential peers so that you can complete the peer activities.

Every learner has full access to course materials, but some courses have academic prerequisites for obtaining a certificate. For example, Emergency Medicine is a course for advanced practice healthcare providers who may intubate patients. To earn a certificate a leaner should be studying to become a physician, advanced practice nurse, or physician assistant. Other courses, such as epidemiology, require a bachelor’s degree to receive the certificate. For a full list of course requirements click here (hyperlink to table)

Everything from registration, to coursework, peer interactions, testing, and provision of a certificate are all free – with accreditation for each course coming from expert and generous university and government partners in the United States, Canada, and around the world.

Engaging with Courses:

You may browse all courses for free to learn for your personal enrichment; there are no requirements.

To obtain a certificate:

  • Show in the registration fields that you have the appropriate prerequisites to be certified. The prerequisites are different from course to course. Read the course homepage to find out what is required.
  • Complete all the reading requirements.
  • Complete all quizzes and pass with a 70% with unlimited attempts.
  • Some courses have peer or mentor activities that must be completed. Check each course homepage for specific information.
  • Successfully complete the final exam with a minimum of 70% and a maximum of 3 attempts.
  • Complete the self and course evaluation forms.

To obtain credit 

  • Complete all requirements listed above for the certificate. 
  • Your learning institution or workplace should approve the partner-university-sponsored NextGenU.org course for educational credit, as they would for their learner taking a course anywhere.  
  • NextGenU.org is happy to provide your institution with:
    • a link to and description of the course training, so they can see all its components, including the cosponsoring universities and other professional organization cosponsors; 
    • your grade on the final exam;
    • your work products (e.g. peer and mentored activities), and any other required or optional shared materials that you produce and authorize to share with them;  
    • your evaluations -- course, self, and peer assessments;
    • a copy of your certificate of completion, with the co-sponsoring universities and other organizations listed.

To obtain a degree, NextGenU.org co-sponsors degree programs with institutional partners. To obtain a degree co-sponsored with NextGenU.org, registrants must be enrolled in a degree program as a student of a NextGenU.org institutional partner. If you think that your institution might be interested in offering a degree with NextGenU.org contact us.

All of our courses are offered in partnership with organizations (always with at least 1 accredited university, and typically also with supportive professional specialty societies and/or government agencies) that are certified to give courses for credit.